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April 28, 2014
Chairs Meeting - April 2014

EM SSAB minutes, agenda, and presentations from meeting held in Pasco, Washington.

April 25, 2014
For years, scientists have tracked the movements of salmon through rivers in the Pacific Northwest and around the world. Now a smaller, more powerful battery will allow them to track even younger, smaller fish over longer distances. Slightly larger than grains of rice, the new batteries power a transmitter small enough to inject into these fish -- rather than surgically implant them. The result is less stressful for the fish and less costly for the researcher. <a href="" target="_blank">Learn more about the batteries here</a>. | Photo courtesy of PNNL.
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April 23, 2014
Workshop: Photovoltaics Research and Development Beyond SunShot

This participatory workshop will bring together leaders in the field to explore the opportunities and challenges for research and development in PV after the SunShot goal has been achieved. The goal of the SunShot Initiative is to make solar energy cost-competitive with other forms of electricity by the end of the decade – specifically, to reach an installed, unsubsidized price of $0.06 per kilowatt hour ($1/W) for utility-scale systems.

April 21, 2014
Workshop: Systems Integration Vision Challenges and Opportunities

Even after achieving the SunShot Initiative’s cost targets for solar energy, successful systems integration will remain as the key barrier to enable significantly higher levels of penetration and growth in solar power generation. To fully realize the SunShot goals, it is critical to address the challenges to successful integration of solar generation into the power grid (both transmission and distribution). SunShot’s Systems Integration (SI) subprogram has developed a vision and action plan with quantifiable metrics to fulfill SunShot’s goals.

April 4, 2014
Breakout Session: Future of CSP: Challenges and Opportunities

2013 was a big comeback year for CSP in the United States with the commissioning of the Abengoa Solana plant, the first sync of the BrightSource Energy Ivanpah plant, and other major plants well along in their schedules. CSP is experiencing a true renaissance moment in the United States. In this session, expert panelists will address the challenges and opportunities for CSP in both domestic and international markets.

April 4, 2014
Breakout Session: Disruptive Solar Technologies: Frontiers in New Materials and Approaches

Disruptive solar technologies entering the PV and CSP landscape today hold the potential to greatly impact the future of solar energy conversion. This session will highlight new techniques, processes, materials, and ‘game changing’ revelations over the last several years, while also exploring the major obstacles to commercialization. Three speakers will provide fifteen minute presentations on promising areas such as combinatorial materials synthesis, perovskites for photovoltaics, inverse design, and photon enhanced thermionics.

April 4, 2014
Breakout Session: Getting in the Loop: PV Hardware Recycling and Sustainability

As PV system installations continue to ramp up across the United States, the process for handling used and expired PV modules in the next  20-30 years would benefit from serious planning and forethought. This session will explore the major issues related to developing and establishing an operational recycling program for PV modules in the U.S. The discussion will also address key areas of interest: the current status of PV recycling in the U.S.

April 4, 2014
Breakout Session: A Look Ahead: PV Manufacturing in 10 Years

The global PV manufacturing landscape has undergone significant changes in the past decade, from geographic and economic changes in the supply chain to a significant increase in PV module production by fewer manufacturers. The lessons learned over the last decade will guide the future of this growing industry. This session will explore the future of PV manufacturing over the next 5 to 10 years, both domestic and abroad.

April 4, 2014
Breakout Session: Bringing Solutions to the Solar Industry: Startups, Technology Development and Market Entry

New products and solutions must overcome numerous challenges and seamlessly navigate various phases on the maturation path to market success. This panel will examine challenges to scaling up, meeting capital requirements, and finding and acquiring customers. The session will also explore potential paths for new products and solutions, such as startup ventures, technology transfer to any size business, corporate funded research and development, or strategic acquisition.

March 31, 2014
Proposal by the U.S. Department of Energy to the State of Washington to Amend the Consent Decree

This proposal provides a set of near term, fixed milestones for certain activities along with a commitment by DOE to develop future milestones on a rolling basis as technical issues are resolved or when sufficient project planning and design information is otherwise available.